Science students who, for serious reasons such as illness or family affliction, have not written one or more examinations (including take-home examinations), may receive the permission from Service Point to defer the examination to the next supplemental examination period, (except in the Faculties of Engineering and Continuing Education (where students write the examination the next time the course is given).
Students should be aware that deferred examinations are granted only for compelling reasons, verified and accepted by Service Point . Supporting evidence such as an appropriate medical report is required. Service Point must be informed as soon as possible after the examination of the reason for their absence from the examination.
If you are considering applying for a deferred exam, you should seek the advice of your SOUSA Faculty adviser beforehand. Your adviser can help you with decisions concerning whether it is best to request an exam deferral or late course withdrawal, what your course load should be for the next term, and so forth. We recommend you come in to the SOUSA counter in Dawson Hall for a drop-in advising session.
The deferred application is available online through Minerva on the Student Record Menu. The deadline for applying for deferred examinations is usually January 15th for Fall term courses and usually May 15th for Winter term courses and courses that span the Fall and Winter terms.
If the request is approved, an L will appear in place of a grade in such courses. The grade obtained in the deferred examination after it has been written will replace the grade of L on the student's official transcript.
No supplemental examinations are available for students who receive a grade of D, F, J, or U in a course after a deferred examination. Such students must either re-register in the same course the following term or in an approved course substitute.
If deferred status is not granted, the student will receive a grade of J in the course, which will count as a failure in the GPA and CGPA. The student may, however, be allowed to write a supplemental examination.
Students in Summer Session courses should check with the Service Point on the availability and restrictions on deferred and supplementary examinations in such courses.
In the event of illness, it is recommended that students consult the McGill Health Service. Official documentation may be required in support of a request to Service Point for deferred examinations.
Students who have already written an examination may not subsequently request that the exam be deferred. Such students should consult their faculty office regarding the availability of supplemental examinations.
Please read here for more information about deferred exam application procedures and the upcoming deferred examination schedule.